Regalia worn by Donya Williams

Larry Daylight
Regalia worn by Donya Williams, 2007
Cotton, wool, taffeta and glass beads
Collection of Donya Williams

Just like our ancestors, many Myaamia people want to wear ribbonwork during important occasions. This regalia, created by Larry Daylight, belongs to Donya Williams, Secretary/Treasurer for the Miami Tribe Business Committee. Donya wears the regalia for important community events, including the annual Miami Nation Pow Wow. Ribbonwork is a time-intensive artform and one way to speed up the process is to use a sewing machine. You may notice that ribbonwork created with a sewing machine, like this piece, is a bit flatter than hand stitched pieces.